By recycling cardboard boxes into combination backpack-school desks, an Indian NGO has given children a way to study in comfort – and a reason to stay in school
Ganesh Sanas used to walk 3km every morning to school in the heat of Wai district, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, with his books in his tiny hands. But last year, something changed that brought a smile to the seven-year-old’s face.
He and his classmates were each handed a strange-looking cardboard box. It had enough space for their books and lunch bags. When emptied, it could be miraculously transformed into a desk.